A Dictionary of Music and Musicians (A.D. 1450-1880): By by George Grove

By George Grove

It is a reissue of the 1st version of George Grove's Dictionary of song and Musicians, which has when you consider that developed to develop into the most important and so much authoritative paintings of its style in English. The undertaking grew within the making: the name web page of quantity 1 (1879) refers to 'two volumes', yet by the point quantity four seemed in 1889 there has been additionally a 300-page appendix and a separate index quantity. The dictionary was once a global project, with individuals from Paris, Leipzig, Berlin, Vienna and Boston along these established in Britain. It was once 'intended to provide a very good and lengthy said wish' bobbing up from the elevated curiosity in all points of track, which used to be 'rapidly changing into a necessary department of education', and to cater for the pro whereas being available to the beginner. it's a interesting record of musical tastes and values within the past due Victorian interval.

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For instance, a set of six concertos by Alessandro Scarlatti, for two violins and cello, ' soli,' and two violins, tenor, and bass, ' ripieni,' present no distinction of style between one group and the other. The accompanying instruments for the most part merely double the solo parts, and leave off either to lessen the sound here and there, or because the passages happen to go a little higher than usual, or to be a little difficult for the average violin-players of that time. When the intention is to vary the quality of sound as well, the element of what is called instrumentation is introduced, and this is one of the earliest phases of that element which can be traced in music.

The general survey of VOL. iv. ri. 1. SYMPHONY. 17 Mozart's symphonies presents a certain number of facts which are worth noting for their bearing upon the history of this form of art. The second symphony he wrote had a minuet and trio; but it is hardly possible that he can have regarded this as an important point, since he afterwards wrote seventeen others without them ; and these spread over the whole period of his activity, for even in that which he wrote at Prague in 1786, and which is last but three in the whole series, the minuet and trio are absent.

They certainly furthered the branch of art very little, and were so completely extinguished by the exceptionally great writers who came close upon one another at that time, that it is even difficult to find traces of them. The greatest of all masters of the Symphony followed so close upon Haydn, that there is less of a gap between the last of Haydn's Symphonies and his first than there was later between some of his own. Haydn's last was probably written in 1795. When Beethoven wrote his first cannot be ascertained; sketches for the Finale are found as early as the year last mentioned; but it was not actually produced in public till April 2, 1800.

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